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November 24, 2014

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Federal lawsuit seeks to throw out decades-old Nevada tradition of “none of the above”

A federal lawsuit seeks to wipe out the long-held tradition of allowing Nevada voters to vent their spleens by casting a vote for "none of these candidates," saying the selection disenfranchises voters who make that choice on their ballots.

The suit, posted at right, was filed by local law firm Snell and Wilmer, but Michael T. Morley, listed as seeking to be co-counsel, is a DC lawyer who served in George W. Bush's administration and is a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association. One of the plaintiffs is ex-Clark County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury, a well-known Republican leader who has endorsed Mitt Romney, and another is James Degraffenreid, who is secretary of the state GOP.

So this is unquestionably a Republican effort. But why? Worried that too many "none of the above" votes could hurt Romney or Sen. Dean Heller ("none of the above" only is used in statewide races)?

Trying to get comment from Team Nevada/Romney folks....

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